D&C 42 Seminar
Spring 2013 Concurrent Seminars
Two new seminars are running concurrently during Spring 2013 semester. While both explore "The Fall," One focuses on Genesis 2-3 while the other explores 2 Nephi 2. Weekly discussions can be followed at their respective blogs. A joint conference is planned for June 7-8, in Provo UT. More details will be forthcoming.
Podcasts of the papers delivered at our recent "Latter-day Saint Readings of Revelation 21-22" conference held at the University of Texas at Austin on September 25, 2009 are now available.
Also, podcasts of papers delivered at our two previous conferences - "An Experiment on the Word: Reading Alma 32" conference held at Brigham Young University on September 19, 2008 and the "Reading Nephi Reading Isaiah" conference held at Brigham Young University on April 15, 2009 - are also available.
The Mormon Theology Seminar is an independent, scholarly forum committed to organizing short-term, seminar-style collaborations that consider specific questions about Mormon theology through close readings of foundational Mormon texts. As a part of this work, the Seminar also publicly archives the findings of these study groups.
The Seminar’s primary aim is to create a common space where theological work can be undertaken in a way that is both concentrated and collaborative.
In this way, the Seminar means to avoid two difficulties that traditionally plague such scholarly work. On the one hand, focused theological work is typically an individual affair and the spaces that customarily support this work tend to reinforce isolation and idiosyncrasy. For instance, the writing of conference papers and journal articles tends to be relatively private work that only briefly flares in the common space of a presentation or publication. On the other hand, common spaces typically conducive to spirited discussion and collaboration generally tend to preclude focused and sustained concentration. Exchanges on blogs and discussion lists, for example, while often invigorating and instructive, consistently lack focus and resolution. In short, collaboration tends to diffuse concentration, and vice versa.
Alma 32 Seminar - Complete Text of Seminar Discussions
The complete text of the Alma 32 seminar's weekly discussions (from May-June 2008) is now available as a 200+ page downloadable pdf file. Involving all six of the seminar's participants, the weekly discussions examine Alma 32 verse by verse and line by line. The discussions are lively, exploratory, and frequently produce striking and original insights into the text's rich range of possible meanings.
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Last Updated 2 December 2009